West Sound Academy was founded in 1998 with a single mission: to graduate accomplished, creative, intellectually curious young adults prepared to contribute responsibly to the world.

The school follows the vision of our founders, Dr. Ed Frodel and Dr. Gordon Parke. Although from different backgrounds, both men recognized the need for a college preparatory community that cultivates a high level of scholarship and artistic expression.

This shared vision, created from two disparate perspectives, came to life when West Sound Academy opened in 1998, in buildings leased from the Methodist Church Camp in Indianola, WA. Quickly outgrowing the space, the next year the school moved to a cleverly renovated hardware store in the Suquamish Village Square shopping center.

In 2005 faculty, staff, and students moved to the new 20-acre campus, designed for the school, near Poulsbo, Washington. West Sound Academy has graduated 183 students who are finding their place in education, science, medicine, drama, visual and literary arts at the colleges of their choice.

West Sound Academy is the only independent middle and high school in the west Puget Sound region. Our approach to education is based on current research, uses inquiry to develop critical thinking, effectively integrates academics and arts, enhances curiosity, and goes beyond each discipline’s typical boundaries to study the philosophical and ethical aspects of content.

Though a relatively new school, our graduates are achieving success at institutions as diverse as Reed College, Savannah College of Art and Design, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona College and the American University of Paris. Our work with volunteers on campus and in the community in wide-ranging projects has earned us a reputation as community-spirited and involved.

Heads of School:

Nellie Baker, 1998 - 2008

Dr. Gordon Parke, 2008 - 2009

Joe Kennedy, 2009 - 2011

Barrie Hillman, 2011-present